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ActFramework support building routing table in three different ways:

  1. Through annotation put on an action handler method
  2. Through resources/routes.conf file
  3. Through configuration API

Routing with actions handler method annotation

The following annotation are supported:

  1. org.osgl.mvc.annotation.Action
  2. org.osgl.mvc.annotation.GetAction
  3. org.osgl.mvc.annotation.PostAction
  4. org.osgl.mvc.annotation.PutAction
  5. org.osgl.mvc.annotation.DeleteAction

Sample code:

public Profile getProfile(String id) {
    return dao.findById(id);

public void createProfile (Profile profile) {;

public void updateAddress(String id, Address address) {
    Profile profile = dao.findById(id);

public void deleteProfile(String id) {

Tips: Use Action annotation when an action handler needs to handler request through multiple HTTP methods:

@Action("/", methods = {H.Method.GET, H.Method.POST})
public void home() {}

Tips: You can have one action handler to answer multiple request URL:

@GetAction({"/profile/{id}", "/profile"})
public Profile getProfile(String id) {
    return dao.findById(id);

The above code allows the front end send request to getProfile using two different styles:

  1. /profile/<profile_id>
  2. /profile?id=<profile_id>

The routes file

If you prefer the PlayFramework style routing, you are free to create a routes file under your /src/main/resources folder. The equivalent routes file replacing the above annotations should be look like (suppose the controller class is com.mycom.myprj.MyController):

GET /profile/{id} com.mycom.myprj.MyController.getProfile
POST /profile com.mycom.myprj.MyController.createProfile
PUT /profile/{id}/address com.mycom.myprj.MyController.updateAddress
DELETE /profile/{id}

In general any route entry defined in the routes file composed of three parts:

(GET|POST|DELETE|PUT|*) <url> <handler>

Handler directives

By default the handler part of route entry indicate an action handler method defined in a controller class. However you can use handler directive to specify handler that are not action handler method. E.g.

# map /tmp url to /tmp dir
GET /tmp externalfile:/tmp
GET /public file:/public
GET /3215430325 echo:some-code
GET /google redirect:

Act has four built-in directives:

  1. echo: Any string after echo: will be sent to the response. This is especially useful when service, e.g. Godaddy needs you to respond with a specific code when request is sent to a certain endpoint
  2. file: Allows you to send back static file under the application's base dir
  3. externalfile: Allows you to send back any static file
  4. redirect: Allows you to specify a redirection

Notes, the entry specified in routes file can overwrite the route specified with action annotations.

Creating route with configuration API


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